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I can promise nothing but…

16 Mar

"Domain of Three Nations" by John Buxton

“In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence.” George Washington

The Story Behind the Painting

Tension between England and France had been building. This prompted the Government of Virginia to send an enthusiastic twenty-one year old, Major George Washington, to deliver a polite but forceful request to the French to leave the Ohio Valley. After a hard and frigid journey, the young Major reached his destination. With the confidence of youth, George Washington presented the English request to the French commander at Ft. LeBoeuf. In this painting, the French officers are gathered to translate the virtues of both the message and the messenger. As the two nations begin the contest of dominion, shadows of the third nation are looming ominously in both this doorway and in both nations’ futures. (Courtesy of Mountain Gull Trading Co.)

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